Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Renewable Energy Systems Integration (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Renewable Energy Systems Integration (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Published Deadline Location
22 Jul 31 Aug Utrecht

Job description

The group is looking to fill a full-time (0.8-1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor position in the area of renewable energy systems integration to further support the E&R group in developing its multi-disciplinary research and teaching capacity. This includes onshore and (hybrid) offshore renewable energy systems, (zero energy/energy plus) building integration, and local electricity systems integration.
In collaboration with E&R staff predominantly active in renewable energy systems integration, i.e., solar and wind energy, the candidate will further develop the existing portfolio of research in energy systems analysis, with an emphasis on modelling, big data analytics, forecasting, and energy technology analysis. Also, a proven interest in multi-disciplinary research collaboration on other topics within the Pathways to Sustainability program (e.g. circular economy) is an advantage. The candidate will be responsible for managing, developing, and teaching courses for Bachelor and Master of Science programs in the area of renewable energy systems integration.

Specifications

Utrecht University

Requirements

The appointee will be expected to split her/his time equally between research and teaching next to a small (approx. 5%) contribution to (departmental) management tasks. The candidate holds a PhD in Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or equivalent and preferably has a background in system integration of solar photovoltaics, wind energy, energy science in general, mathematical optimization or data analytics applied to the energy sector, or another relevant field. Strong (proven) experience in teaching is essential, especially with focus on teaching modeling and simulation. The candidate has a strong research track record in integration aspects of renewable-rich energy systems, which is demonstrated through publications in peer reviewed literature, and international collaborations in this area. Furthermore, the candidate should be able to acquire research funding from a variety of sources, which is demonstrated by her/his track record in (co)-writing successful research proposals for national and EU calls.
Furthermore the candidate should: 
  • be motivated in teaching, research and outreach;
  • have an interest and experience in topics which matches or complements our research and/or teaching;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • be a team player;
  • acquire the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) of Utrecht University, if you have not obtained this or a similar qualification yet;
  • be able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification level of English at C1 level (comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you should be willing to obtain this level by training.

Conditions of employment

For the tenure track we offer a temporary position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for six years in combination with a 4-year tenure track qualification programme. Your performance will be subject to annual evaluations as well as an end-term evaluation after 3.5 years. Following a positive evaluation - based on the faculty performance indicators - your employment will become permanent after four years, or sooner depending on the moment you qualify. In case the 3.5-year evaluation is not satisfactory, the contract will be terminated. A continuation after the first four years is only possible for the purpose of compensation of maternity or parental leave or other recognized delays. Further career development to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible, depending on qualification.

The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,127 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Employer

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. 
Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development. Sustainability is one of the four strategic themes of research and education at Utrecht University and the Faculty of Geosciences.

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development investigates and develops processes and opportunities for innovative change towards sustainability. The concept of sustainable development refers to a development of society that is balanced between the needs of economic development, environmental quality and social equity. The Assistant Professor position fits best within the Pathways to Sustainability strategic theme, in particular the focus area “Energy in Transition”. The ever-growing energy and resource demands of society puts enormous pressure on our natural resources, renewable and non-renewable. Society faces a challenge to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impact of climate change. The use of fossil fuels is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and still the main source of energy powering human society. Hence, the challenge to transform the energy system is central to the broader aspiration of sustainable development. Within the Copernicus Institute, the Energy & Resources (E&R) group of about 60 staff and researchers supports the transition to a sustainable energy and resource system. The E&R group has an established long-term high quality track record, and has grown to a large internationally oriented group over the past 25 years. It operates internationally in collaboration with many international leading groups and institutes. It has pioneered various areas, such as energy efficiency, sustainable bio-based production of energy and materials, future low-carbon power generation (including photovoltaics and carbon capture and storage), and energy system modelling.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof. Dr Wilfried van Sark via W.G.J.H.M.vanSark@uu.nl

Specifications

  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society; Natural sciences
  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1160477

Employer

Location

Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht

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Make sure to apply no later than 31 Aug 2021 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).